so, my baby is only 12 days old, but I'm trying to get the pump worked out and build a freezer stash because I know I'll be going back to work full-time working 4 10-hour days starting late in January.
I was unable to get more than a tiny amount from pumping despite having a good pump ( Medela pump in style). then I tried pumping one breast while I fed him on the other, and that has worked well. I can get 2 1/2 to 3 oz at a time from just the one breast this way, so I do this for 2 feedings a day and my freezer stock is growing. I do massage the breast as I pump. I need to wait for the smaller breast shields I ordered to come-- no one carries the small size in store :P at least not that I could find. I may get better results once I have breast shields that fit better.
I tried double pumping when he wasn't eating again the other day, and was able to get only 2 oz combined from both breasts. It was also much thinner because it was all foremilk.
Just looking for advice on how to get better letdown to the pump alone. Once I go back to work, I won't be able to use his nursing to stimulate letdown. Other than looking at a picture of him and maybe recording his "hungry" cry, I need ideas of how to better be able to empty each breast by pumping.
I might be able to keep up enough supply volume-wise just pumping, but my biggest concern is the quality since it's all foremilk when I double-pump and fail to empty the breast.